Other Ceramics in National Palace Museum, part1
Welcome to the National Palace Museum's collection of ceramics from the Song dynasty! Here, you can explore some of the most exquisite pieces from this period. We have a variety of different pieces on display here, including a Vase with "Hundred Deer" motif in wucai enamel, Bowl in black glaze with "hare's fur" striations, Celadon water container, Yue ware, Hibiscus-shaped Washer with Bluish-green Glaze, Kuan ware, Vase with phoenix-shaped handles in celadon glaze, Longquan ware, Porcelain chicken cup in doucai painted enamels, Green-ground Floral-shaped Vase with Fish-Dragon Motif, Zun in the form of an elephant of peace and Teapot with blue landscape in falangcai polychrome enamels. These are all unique artifacts that tell us about the culture and artistry of this time period. Come take a look at these amazing pieces today!
1. Vase with "Hundred Deer" motif in wucai enamel
This "hundred deer" vase has a slightly flared mouth, a short straight neck, sloping curved shoulders, a broad belly that is slightly tapered, and a flat base.
2. Bowl in black glaze with "hare's fur" striations
This bowl has a wide mouth, deep walls, and a small ring foot. There is a shallow groove just under the mouth rim on the inner side. The design is slightly different from "tapered-mouth bowls," which have a clear groove.
3. Celadon water container, Yue ware
This celadon water container has a sloping opening with a flat, folded rim. It is deep and has a slightly concave bottom. It is covered with greenish-grey glaze, and has an irregular spur mark around the edge of the base.
4. Hibiscus-shaped Washer with Bluish-green Glaze, Kuan ware
This piece is modeled after a hibiscus flower, with six petals and a concave top. It is glazed in blue-green, with sparse but elongated crackling. The sides are straight and it rests on a ring foot.
5. Vase with phoenix-shaped handles in celadon glaze, Longquan ware
This vase is shaped like a mallet, with a tray-shaped mouth, straight neck, and straight body. It has two handles in the shape of phoenixes or dragons, which is a style that emerged in the early Song dynasty.
6. Porcelain chicken cup in doucai painted enamels
Collectors in the late Ming dynasty prized blue and white porcelain from the Xuande reign above all other ceramics, followed by wucai porcelain from the official kilns of the Chenghua reign.
7. Green-ground Floral-shaped Vase with Fish-Dragon Motif
The vase is a large, thick, curvy shape. It's yellowish-green and looks almost modern. It has animal masks and caltrop blossoms on it.
8. Zun in the form of an elephant of peace
This object is an elephant with a vase on its back. The elephant stands straight with its head turned back and eyes partially closed.
9. Cocoon-shaped Hu
This piece of black pottery has a body in the shape of a silkworm cocoon. The outer surface of the vessel is decorated with multiple sets of parallel lines, in between which are engraved ninety characters of a poem written by the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1736-1795).